An Analysis of George Orwell and 1984 Essay

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Through much of his life, Eric Arthur Blair (pen name George Orwell) sought to vilify the mental and emotional oppression he faced early on and breathe life into the specific ramifications entailed within Socialism as a result of the era in which he grew up in. The culminating result of these forces is evident in his last piece of work, 1984, where the very fabric of Socialism had become distorted in favor of a completely dystopian society in which human history is being rewritten every day and simple emotion and thought has all but been eradicated. Blair solidifies his overall theme of total tyrannical control and oppression in 1984 through the period of pertinent history he endured as well as his own personal experiences. According …show more content…
He then moved onto a secondary prep school, Eton, where much of his zeal for formal education had faded away, and he found himself put off by the perpetual “rat race up the social ladder”. Having graduated Eton at the age of 18 but deciding not to continue onto University, he went to stay with his family at their new home in Southwold, England and began to look for work as a young adult (Quinn). The oppression he felt from his earliest experiences are just one half of the driving force for his many novels, the most biographically and historically relevant being 1984, published within a year before his death. His experiences in school, although criticized for being exaggerated by fellow classmates, are primarily what sets the tone for his beliefs in adulthood and further sets the tone for his final piece of work. It is apparent, as he went through his teenage years especially that he took a stark, indifferent stance on his education or becoming ‘run of the mill’ and leading a monotonous life like his father had. He drew many parallels between life growing up, going to school and the systematic rules of a classic tyrannical government. His close friend, George Woodcock, notes Blair’s keen observations about his childhood life, “Just as Orwell earlier saw the resemblance between the condition of animals and that of oppressed people, so now he saw the resemblance between the child facing the arbitrary

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